• Stagecoach London driver wins UK Bus Driver of the Year competition
• Second Stagecoach employee to be crowned winner in past three years
• 34 Stagecoach staff compete in national finals
A Stagecoach bus driver has been named the UK Bus Driver of the Year 2015. Stagecoach London driver William Bradford, aged 22, who works at Bromley garage was one of 118 drivers who battled for the ultimate accolade for passenger transport professionals; to be named Bus Driver of the Year at the national finals on the 5th-6th September 2015.
Two Stagecoach East Scotland drivers also performed exceptionally well and were awarded 8th and 12th place at this year's awards. Dunfermline drivers, Lee Holmes and Brian Mackie represented Stagecoach East Scotland at the annual finals held in Blackpool.
Lee finished in 8th place and has worked for Stagecoach for 11 years and Brian finished in 12th place and has worked at Dunfermline depot for 12 years. Both have shown a consistently high standard of work since joining the company. A total of 34 Stagecoach drivers took part in the national finals, after securing their places following tough regional heats across the UK.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "I would like to offer my personal congratulations to Lee and Brian who finished 8th and 12th at the UK Bus Driver of the Year awards. All our drivers go through intensive training in various aspects of the job and we have so many across East Scotland who consistently perform well above their expectations. It’s great to see that they can be rewarded at events such as this for their hard work and commitment to providing excellent service, as well as general driving skills."
During the competition the 118 drivers from bus operators across the UK undertook a series of driving tests in a bid to win the Bus Driver of the Year title. Drivers are required to drive on a simulated route can include any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day. The test is completed on both private and public roads and, as in ordinary operations, drivers are required to keep to schedule. All competitors are also required to complete a combined written test on the Highway Code and Driver CPC Knowledge.